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Fatal crash occurs in Missouri as dangerous ice storm unfolds across central US

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A long-duration ice storm threatens to snarl travel from Texas to Ohio into Sunday.

"Travel is likely to be hazardous for hundreds of miles along Interstate 35, I-40 and I-70 in the Central states from Friday to Sunday," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

The most significant icing is expected to occur from western Oklahoma to central Kansas, where substantial power outages and tree damage will occur.


As of 12:20 p.m. CDT Friday, about 0.25 of an inch of ice has been reported in areas across south-central Missouri and the heaviest area of freezing rain will continue to move into southern Illinois during the afternoon. About 0.30 of an inch of ice has accumulated near

Sporadic power outages have been reported around Springfield, Missouri, with trees down in the area as well.

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Significant accumulation has occurred across Arcadia, Missouri. (Photo/Kasey Likely)

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(Photo/Kasey Likely)


A fatal crash was reported on northbound Interstate 55 near Festus, Missouri, on Friday, morning. Festus is located about 40 minutes south of St. Louis.


The Missouri Highway Patrol (MSHP) is investigating the accident. The MSHP also reported that a southbound stretch of I-55 is closed due to the icy conditions.


Freezing rain coated this tree in Arcadia, Missouri, on Friday. Arcadia is located about two hours south of St. Louis.

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(Photo/Kasey Likely)



As the ice storm develops, here is a list of vital tips to follow to deal with the storm. It is widely recommended that residents stay indoors and avoid traveling, unless necessary.

Infographic: How to prepare for an ice storm



The storm preparations began Thursday in Olathe, Kansas. Customers nearly emptied the shelves in this Walmart.

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(Photo/Twitter user @TroopCandiceKHP)


The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka, at 7 a.m. Friday. This will help officials monitor the impacts of the winter storm that will cover much of the state.

Officials said that residents are urged to stay home and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.